Taking the whole family on vacation can put a dent in your bank account, between the cost of travel, accommodations, and everything you need to take with you. Hopefully you have already used the best price comparison websites to book your travel, but the savings doesn’t have to stop there. As you prepare for your trip, look for deals on the vacation necessities you’ll need to pack and take with you.
Find Fun Foods: If your vacation is still months away, it may seem a bit early to start thinking about food. However, your family probably eats tons of foods with a long shelf life, so you can at least start picking those up. Watch for coupons and grocery store sales on your kids’ favorite snacks so you always have something on hand to fill empty tummies. If you’re staying in a condo or somewhere with a kitchen, you can also start buying cereal, canned goods, and other essentials your family will eat on vacation. Spreading out the cost over the next few months will make the trip seem like less of a burden on your bank account.
Choose Comfy Clothing: Especially if you’re heading to a tropical climate that’s not much like where you live, you’ll need to do quite a bit of shopping for clothes before you head out. Although you may not be ready to wear warm-weather clothes yet in March, many stores start getting their inventory in and bringing you into the stores with seasonal sales. Check out your local department stores to find deals on bathing suits, shorts, and sun hats. The best prices will be before the season is in full swing. You can also check out consignment stores, which are good about changing inventory seasonally, to find more warm-weather clothes for your family.
Stock up on Sun Supplies: After a long winter indoors, a vacation in the sun is probably going to be a shock to your skin. Especially if you or your kids are fair-skinned, you’ll need to stock up on plenty of sunscreen. This can be quite expensive, so keep an eye out for sales or buy enough for the whole summer in bulk so you can get a lower price per ounce. In addition, don’t forget about aloe for the inevitable day when someone gets a little pinker than planned.
Beat the Boredom: Even if you’re heading on the most fun vacation your kids could imagine, they’ll still have times when they need some toys and supplies to keep them from complaining about being bored. Help each child put together a small backpack of toys and games they will enjoy using during lulls on your trip, whether during the travel, a rainy day, or an afternoon at the beach. Dollar stores are the perfect place to find coloring books, travel-sized games, sand toys, and other vacation entertainment.
Waiting until the last minute to shop for vacation necessities is almost a guarantee that you’ll spend more than you should be. Instead, make a list now and start looking for deals on the items you know you will need. That way, your family will be ready for the trip without having to spend a lot of money right before heading on vacation.
Cassie is a yogi loving baking addict. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging on behalf of Sears and other brands she loves.